When she was just 12 years old, my daughter Severn gave a speech at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She spoke with such conviction that delegates were moved to tears. It was one of my proudest moments as a father. More than 20 years later, Severn is the mother of two young children, and the video of her speech is still making the rounds, inspiring people around the world. Its popularity speaks to the power the young have to affect the world’s most pressing issues.
Thank you, Mr. Suzuki for spearheading this organization. The next Einstein, Tesla,
and Jane Goodall are out there! Programs like this one motivate them to come forward with their inventive ideas and hopefully, find a nurturing soil to plant their seed-thoughts into.